and why was it important for them to marry? >> we deserve the same rights, so me being a homosexual male, if i am in love with my partner for seven years, i should have that same right to marry him. it's not a religious thing, it's an equal rights thing. >> it was a chance for me to stand before my family and friends and put my relationship on the same level as theirs. >> that's right. plus, there's that whole protection aspect of it as well, because, you know, if you have a civil union, let's say if scott got sick, his family could come in and deny me visitations in the hospital. >> now in baltimore, scott and joel have found the open church where their pastor, reverend brad braxton, is a strong advocate for gay marriage. >> the love that my lesbian, my gay, my bisexual, my transgender friends share, one with another in committed relationships is equally as valid in the sight of god.